Who is Misinforming Who?

In the February edition of InPsych , the APS Executive Director, Professor Lyn Littlefield, states in her report on “Ten Years of Better Access“ that “There is considerable misinformation circulating in relation to the APS position on the two-tiered structure and the extent to which the APS influenced the eventual structure implemented by the Government.”

RAPS couldn’t agree more. But members need to know just where this misinformation is coming from. We must first establish whether we can trust what we are being told now its true.

The article states that “The APS lobbied the Government on this issue and argued that all registered psychologists should be funded to provide effective psychological treatments for mental health consumers …”

The Executive Director has been telling members this for years. In the June 2009 issue of InPsych, for instance, she states  that “…the original APS position in the negotiations before the introduction of the Better Access initiative was for a broader definition of a ‘clinical and mental health specialist psychologist’ that was not restricted to those eligible for Clinical College membership.”

RAPS has now seen a copy of what it believes is the original submission by the APS to the Government in 2006 obtained under Freedom of Information legislation, which we understand that the APS has been at some pains over the years to keep from members.

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Where are we at with the spill?

On March 31st RAPS presented the Notice of Intention to remove all the directors from the APS board that was signed by 100 members and presented to the APS by RAPS.

On April 4th our lawyers asked the APS for the date of the next general meeting when we could put our spill motion to the members? We have not had an answer 3 weeks later.

So now RAPS wants to Call for a General meeting so we can vote on the spill instead of waiting for the AGM in October/November.

We have documents almost ready for you to sign. We will be sending them out this week. We will put them on the website so you can down load them.

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Stop the Clinical Faction: Block the Governance Review

If the governance resolutions are passed, non-clinical psychologists can say goodbye to the APS ever representing the interests of the majority of it members.  The new structure will end the power of APS members to directly elect their representatives.

It is now up to EVERY ONE of us to vote against the governance resolution!

It is only since more non-clinical directors are being elected, that the governance  changes have been suggested. The current leadership is interested only in preserving and enhancing the power of the clinicals at the expense of the majority of non-clinical members.

Let’s keep the current structure and give it a chance to work. We managed to elect four (4) non-clinical directors last year – think what we can do this year! We can elect a board truly representative of the diversity within our great profession.

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How do we get the right people on the Board?

On the APS website the Executive Director asks: “How do we get the right people on the Board of the APS and how do we elect them?”

That’s a very good question and we hope by now some members will be thinking about their election speeches for the seven positions that will be vacant after the Spill.

The “right people” seem to be members of the Clinical College. They are increasingly dominating our member groups and advisory and working committees – even the Ethics Committee. The board selected only clinical, or clinical sub-specialty, members to co-opt recently (through a tricky loophole in the Constitution).

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A Damning Leak from the Clinical College

RAPS has gratefully received another leak from a concerned supporter about the latest newsletter by the Chair of the APS Clinical College, Ros Knight.

Ros seems desperate to bolster support among her members: “…never has it been more important that clinical psychologists stick together so we can coordinate our approach to the change as well as provide a stable base on which to have a sense of belonging and value.”

What about loss of belonging and value that non-clinical members have been feeling for years!

Clearly Ros is preparing her members for the vote of the new governance proposals.

“You will be aware that the recent governance review recommends a number of changes to the Board composition… I would encourage members to vote at the EGM when it is announced.”

But why is she rallying her members now when the extraordinary general meeting is not supposed to happen until the end of the year. Does that mean the Clinical College has inside information about an earlier meeting?

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The APS has been mismanaged for years and something has to change

We spent a good deal of the Easter break curled up with the 2016 financial report of the APS, trying to find out where all the money went in 2015-2016.

It’s a fascinating document that underlines the need for better management that our leaders seem to have overlooked as they engage in internal politics and the exercise of power rather than attending to the society’s business.

The signs ought to have been obvious. Net income from membership subscriptions was $8,628,516 last year and the wages and salaries bill (including superannuation payments) for the same period rose to a breath-taking $8,167,966.

In an era where well-run companies have slashed their expenses, the APS actually increased its spending on wages and salaries.

Membership fees are becoming increasingly vital to our survival. Last year they represented almost half our income (48%) compared to 43% in the previous year.

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